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Israel against Hamas: some historic background

17-05-2021

The escalating war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza strip, with growing violence between Israeli's and Palestinians in Jerusalem and the Westbank, are the latest phase in an insoluble  conflict created by the First World War, more than a hundred years ago. I attach  a copy of Chapter 7 in my book"Neither Justice Nor Order" published in 2017. In this entry only a few remarks on the latest developments.

With Netanyahu as the long-time nationalist Prime Minister  and Hamas as the ruling force in Gaza, continuous war was and is inevitable. Hamas is supported by Iran (like the Hisbollah in Lebanon) and  they aim with Iran at the destruction and disappearnce of Israel. The state of Israel under its present leadership consider the annexation of the Westbank and the neutralization of Gaza as necessary for its survival. The so-called international community, deeply involved in the Middle-East conflict, has made things only worse ever since the end of the First World War. The two-state solution never had a chance to work.


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